Comet Over Greens Norton

Comet Over Greens Norton

By Simon Curtis

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978 1 907356 81 0

Comet Over Greens Norton brings together and reprints Reading a River (Shoestring, 2005) and Devil Among the Tailors (Shoestring, 2011), with some new poems.

Simon Curtis writes from the formalist end of the poetry spectrum. There are poems about a shopping mall busker playing a tune Hardy knew, a mayfly hatch, 1970s Welsh rugby, a keep-fit gym, and both Captain and Beryl Cook. As well as writing light verse, he records a changeful British landscape with clarity and melancholy, while a number of poems are concerned with family bereavement.

Formerly a teacher at Manchester University, Simon Curtis edited the Thomas Hardy Journal and the poetry magazine The Interpreter’s House. He lives in retirement in Plymouth.

Of his 2005 selection Reading a River, Matt Simpson commented that Norman Nicholson would have valued ‘a certain home-bred “gumption” in the book… There are many pleasures to be had from reading it’.  Malcolm Carson wrote of how the poetry ‘thrives in the seemingly insignificant event or observation often located in a particular landscape, which moves effortlessly through the intensity of the observation into our own experience’.  The selection had a ‘strong and musical voice’.

See a review by Stride Magazine.